Local News

  • Luna unveils new auto collision facility

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College auto collision student Kimberly Padilla was one of more than 100 people who attended Friday’s Auto Collision open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

    “I’m thankful for everything Luna Community College has done for us,” said Padilla, a native of Mora. “I think this new facility is awesome and it’s going to be nice to have our own work space...”

    Padilla said she wants to specialize in airbrushing and pin striping.

  • Looking ahead - New - Feb. 23, 2015

    Kiwanis Club Pancake Day is Wednesday
    Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Annual Pancake Day, breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p/.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at the Flamingo Room. Adults are $8 each and children 10 and younger eat for $5. All you can eat pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea or milk.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 23, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 17 — Complaints are being heard around the City about the billing department of the City gas company. One resident of the north part of Town moved recently into an all-electric home. He received a gas bill and thinking it was for his old house, paid it. He received another gas bill this month, checked with the people in his old house and found they had also received a gas bill. So he called the gas company and told them he had received a bill, but he has no gas. He was told that perhaps something was wrong with his meter.

  • Weather - Feb. 23, 2015

    Snow likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Wind chill values as low as -3. South wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.


  • Committee OK’s preemption bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A House committee has approved legislation that would give New Mexico greater authority than local governments in regulating the oil and gas industry.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the House Energy and Environment Committee passed House Bill 366 on Wednesday on a party-line 6-5 vote.

    Republican Rep. Nate Gentry, of Albuquerque, is sponsoring the legislation that would limit the ability of local governments to set limits for oil and gas producers.

  • Officials to oversee reform of campaign finances

    The Associated Press

    A new task force is being created to overhaul campaign finance practices in New Mexico, state officials said Friday.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas and Secretary of State Dianna Duran announced that the task force will review issues of campaign finance reporting, enforcement and the referral process. The panel will be made up of employees from both their offices.

    “I am focused on putting real teeth into the law and will present these legal solutions to the New Mexico Legislature,” Balderas said in a statement.

  • Vegas minimum wage hike pitched

    Las Vegas City Councilor Joey Herrera is asking the city to begin laying the groundwork for an increase in the minimum wage in Las Vegas.
    Las Vegas currently has no minimum wage ordinance, meaning that businesses here must follow state law, which sets the minimum wage at $7.50 an hour.

  • Jenkins promoted to deputy chief

    Nearly two months after taking over as the city’s new police chief, Juan Montaño has a new second in command.
    Montaño announced Wednesday night that Commander Kenneth Jenkins will take over as deputy chief on Saturday. He replaces Eugene Garcia who is retiring today.
    Jenkins, who is currently a commander, has worked for the Las Vegas Police Department for 16 years.

  • Icy Interstate led to fatal crash

    A 72-year-old Rio Ranch man died Tuesday after crashing into a tree near Watrous.
    State police said Robert Padilla, who apparently wasn’t wearing his seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
    The single-vehicle crash occurred on Interstate 25 at milepost 366, near Watrous. State police responded at about 9 a.m.
    According to a state police news release, Padilla was traveling northbound on I-25 in his 1993 Toyota pickup. The truck went off the road and stuck a tree.

  • A conversation with Stella Burciaga

    By Anthony Lopez